Israel stripped a record number of Palestinians of their right to live in East Jerusalem last year, an Israeli rights group has said. Some 4,570 people had their residency rights removed, more than a third of the total number since Israel took control of East Jerusalem in 1967. Palestinians fear an attempt to reduce their presence in Jerusalem, which both they and Israel claim as their capital. The impact of the revocations is not clear. There are about 260,000 Arabs in Jerusalem — approximately 35 percent of the city’s population. An official for the local human rights group on Wednesday called the the escalation of revocations of residency for Palestinians “frightening”

Source: BBC

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